NUS Affiliation Referendum - May 2019
Voting opens: Wednesday 1st May 2019, 12pm - Friday 3rd May 2019, 12pm

UPDATE 3/5/19 - Results Announced

Following the result of the NUS Referendum held in March 2019 being declared invalid due to a breach of CCSU rules, we are holding another vote on the same question in early May 2019. You can read more about the previous referendum in our statement. The rules for this referendum are available here.

There are no referenda running at the present time.

You must be logged in and be a current CCCU student to be able to vote. Once logged in you will see the VOTE button

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Watch this video to hear a brief overview of the referendum.

What is NUS?

The National Union of Students is a membership organisation that aims to promote, defend and extend the rights of students and the interests of Students’ Unions across the UK. Most Students' Unions are affiliated to NUS, but some are not. Each Students' Union pays an annual fee to be a member of NUS and receives a number of benefits for themselves and their students for doing so. Members also send representatives to democratic events throughout the year to vote on NUS' policies and priorities.

NUS is led by an elected committee of student representatives, including the President of NUS. 

As you may be aware, NUS announced in October 2018 that it is facing significant financial challenges. It must make cost savings of approx. £3million by the end of March 2019 and have a sustainable financial plan for the future. There will be 3 stages to address their position; Getting to Safety, Transition and Reform. NUS has conducted wide-ranging consultation with its member unions and has published proposals for reform, which were approved at National Conference in April.

You can read more about NUS, including the reform proposals and the benefits and disbenefits of leaving, in our factsheet.

Is Christ Church Students’ Union affiliated to NUS?

Yes, CCSU is currently an affiliated member of NUS.

Why is CCSU holding a referendum?

Union Council passed a motion calling for a referendum on 7th February 2019.

Why is CCSU holding ANOTHER referendum?

The result of the previous referendum, held in March, was declared null and void because of a serious breach of CCSU rules. You can read more about the previous referendum in our statement.

What are my options?

There is one question for students to vote on:

"Should Christ Church Students' Union remain affiliated to the National Union of Students?"

The options are Yes (remaining part of NUS) or No (disaffiliating from NUS).

How can I find out more about the arguments for Yes and No?

For the March referendum, each campaign submitted 200 words summarising their case, which you can read here. We will invite the Yes and No campaigns to contribute to a video which we will promote during the campaigning period. You can also read our factsheet for neutral information about the benefits and disbenefits of NUS membership. We also held a debate on Tuesday 19th March, which was livestreamed: you can view that on Facebook.

When will voting open and how can I vote?

Voting will take place online at, and will open at 12 noon on Wednesday 1st May. Voting will be open for 48 hours, closing at 12 noon on Friday 3rd May. The result will be announced on our website and social media from 4pm on Friday 3rd May.

What happens after the vote?

If a majority of students vote Yes, the Students' Union will remain affiliated to NUS.

If a majority of students vote No, the Students' Union will disaffiliate from NUS as per NUS Regulations.

The referendum requires 250 votes to determine the outcome. If the 250 turnout is not reached, or if the No campaign fails to win a majority (50% of all valid votes, plus one), then CCSU will remain affiliated to NUS.

How can I get involved in campaigning?

If you'd like to get involved in campaigning for either Yes or No, you can sign up here. There will be a campaigners' briefing on Thursday 11th April at 3pm in the Lounge Bar, St George's Centre, where you will be able to meet other campaigners and campaign leads will be identified.

This referendum is very much student-led: CCSU will promote the referendum and provide students with facts, but we rely on student campaigners to make the case for Yes and No. If you feel strongly about CCSU's membership of NUS, get involved in one of the campaigns and tell students why you think they should vote Yes or No.

Key Dates

Campaigners' briefing: Thursday 11th April 2019, 3pm, The Lounge Bar, St George's Centre

Campaigning: Monday 22nd April - Friday 3rd May 2019

Voting opens: Wednesday 1st May 2019, 12 noon

Voting closes: Friday 3rd May 2019, 12 noon

Results announced: Friday 3rd May 2019, from 4pm